A Look Inside Eleanor Pritchard's Textile Studio

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December 25, 2013
Originally published in Prefab Now
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Dream Weaver
Eleanor Pritchard’s textiles nod to British modernism and local craft. Thanks to a new upholstery line, she’s poised to become an industry name.
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  London-based designer Eleanor Pritchard sources Shetland lambswool from mills across the United Kingdom for her blankets, pillows, and upholstery. She designs the fabric patterns in her Deptford studio, near Greenwich, in a converted warehouse called Cockpit Studios.
    London-based designer Eleanor Pritchard sources Shetland lambswool from mills across the United Kingdom for her blankets, pillows, and upholstery. She designs the fabric patterns in her Deptford studio, near Greenwich, in a converted warehouse called Cockpit Studios.
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  Pritchard uses her 30-year-old George Wood dobby loom to make in-house samples. The loom is of the “peg-and-lag” variety, in which a pattern is made by a machine that works from a binary code. “It’s an old workhorse,” says Pritchard, “and has done a lot of mileage over the years!”
    Pritchard uses her 30-year-old George Wood dobby loom to make in-house samples. The loom is of the “peg-and-lag” variety, in which a pattern is made by a machine that works from a binary code. “It’s an old workhorse,” says Pritchard, “and has done a lot of mileage over the years!”
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  From a 1921 Shukhov radio tower to a postcard from a Nordic bakery, Pritchard’s storyboards offer a lively mix.
    From a 1921 Shukhov radio tower to a postcard from a Nordic bakery, Pritchard’s storyboards offer a lively mix.
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  “Design needs to have a connection to where it’s made.”— Designer Eleanor Pritchard
    “Design needs to have a connection to where it’s made.”— Designer Eleanor Pritchard
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  In her studio, a hank winder spins bundles of wool yarn that are then used to stitch blanket edges.
    In her studio, a hank winder spins bundles of wool yarn that are then used to stitch blanket edges.
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  Patterns match those of the pillows (625 Line, Signal, and Northerly).
    Patterns match those of the pillows (625 Line, Signal, and Northerly).
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  Among her latest products is an upholstery line, including the Rowridge pattern, shown on a circa-1960s chair by Liverpool company Guy Rogers.
    Among her latest products is an upholstery line, including the Rowridge pattern, shown on a circa-1960s chair by Liverpool company Guy Rogers.
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